Get to know the candidates for Paul Schemel’s PA House seat

March 29 – Next Friday at the Waynesboro Country Club, the two candidates vying for Paul Schemel’s Pennsylvania House of Representatives seat will hold a forum.  

Chad Reichard, the planning and zoning officer for Washington Township, and Janon “Jay” Gray, a Greencastle-Antrim School Board member, will be answering questions so voters can get to know them. 

Schemel is stepping down from his work in the House. 

Attorney Clint Barkdoll will moderate the event. 

He said, “It’s going to be a very long event. I think there’s going to be a huge crowd for this. But notably, one of the reasons that it’s so long, a big portion of the event is just Q&A from the floor. There’s where I think these things are the most effective. So in other words, anyone that shows up from the public, they’re going to be allowed to get up and ask these candidates, just impromptu questions. So I think it’s going to be an interesting event. This is the first forum that I’m aware of that they’ve both participated in and voters will get a chance to see them in person and hear their positions on issues.”

Pat Ryan of NewsTalk 103.7FM pointed out, “One of the things that we brought up a couple of weeks ago that I want to hear both of them say is I will not take health care after I have left office. Anybody coming into office, any new person, anybody in the media that’s having any of these forums, you should put these people that want to be your lawmaker on the spot and say to us and guarantee that after you’ve left office, you will not take what is on the benefits list ridiculously, asinine that this is still out there. Health care for the rest of their lives after they’ve left the office. You don’t get that. Why should the kings and queens get that? I will want to hear from both of those individuals publicly. No, thanks. It’s not right. It should be done away with with the new administration’s coming in. You do not deserve health care for the rest of your life after you’ve left office. We should be living exactly the way our constituents live.”

Barkdoll said, “It’s a fair question and it’s something that the candidates do need to address. I would add to that list are you going to accept the per diems? What’s your position by term limits? We know the last two officeholders, Todd Rock and now Paul Schemel, agreed to term limits. I don’t think these candidates have come out with a position on these things and maybe they don’t support term limits. Maybe they want to take the per diems and that’s okay. But the point is, that it’s a fair question. It’s something that I think the public would deserve an answer on. I would imagine that undoubtedly that question is going to come up either from the floor or within the event itself.”